Buying A Commercial Refrigerator
Reliable and efficient commercial fridges are essential for all catering businesses.
Holding ingredients and pre-cooked meals is a necessary part of a chef’s everyday routine making the right choice in refrigeration will ensure you are able to keep your food fresh and delicious, which will keep your customers happy, and any waste to a minimum keeping the hard-earned profit in your product.
Since the first commercial refrigeration systems appeared in the 1860’s there has been fast-paced development in refrigerator technology. Today’s ultra-low energy, high capacity hygienically designed commercial fridges come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes and cost each seemingly with unique features and benefits. We understand that for any catering establishment refrigeration is an essential requirement, and that sometimes making the choice can seem overwhelming. We hope this guide will help you to make an informed decision enabling you to identify the correct fridge for your business needs.
Firstly a few quick facts of why you need a commercial refrigerator:
Size and Layout - commercial units are designed to provide more space for holding larger amounts of food.
Cooling Ability - commercial refrigeration units keep food supplies cool. commercial refrigerators are much more powerful than the domestic ones. They feature more powerful compressors that can maintain the temperature consistent even when the fridge is opened on frequent intervals.
Hygiene - commercial materials are hard wearing and easy to maintain ensure safe hygienic food storage.
One of the first things to consider is what use for your new refrigerator? Display, in front of house and public areas or Storage?
Display fridges are more aesthetically pleasing and designed to showcase your product range – remember we eat as much with our eyes, first impressions count. They are suited to front of house service from the unit, they usually are designed with good visibility of the food stored with in and easy access.
At Pubshop we offer a large array of Display Refrigeration:
Storage Fridges although often not as aesthetically pleasing as Front Of House Display fridges they do come with some important advantages, these commercial units have the advantage of height, allowing for slimmer models to fit into tight or crowded spaces but if there is width available in your kitchen they can be cavernous and offer a huge internal capacity compared to any other model, these are a more affordable and less time consuming option to a cold room if you’re seeking a large storage capacity for delivery’s.
Efficiency of modern professional refrigeration and maximisation of capacity means they are cheaper to run and will fit more product, essential in all catering kitchens where space and cost are premium. Many feature adjustable shelving to accommodate varied stock or gastronorm trays as well as self-closing doors to increase efficiency. These models can come with several different types of cooling, including static, fan assisted and forced air cooling.
If you don't need to display the food, you will want a commercial refrigerator with a door as this is far more energy efficient than an open display unit, and unless it is important to see the food you don't need a glass door; this will add unnecessary cost. However, in some situations glass door fridges can be useful back of house - stock taking can be easier for instance.
At Pubshop we offer a large array of Storage Refrigeration:
Important Points To Consider:
No one knows your business like you, every kitchen is different so when making your choice’s you will need to consider a few different things:
The fridges application - what you’re using your fridge for will it be a primary source of ingredients constantly being opened in busy services if yes a heavy duty unit will be more suited to the application one with forced air cooling and an automatic defrost function. This will enable the unit to perform under busy conditions and maintain its efficiency, with the added benefit of being able to work in higher ambient temperatures of up to 43°C.
If it’s just storage and you will be accessing it less frequently than a lighter duty unit will be fine, remember it’s a false economy to use an under-specced fridge overuse will cause the unit to lose temperature, stability and malfunction putting a high strain on the compressor which may lead to break down not what any business needs over a busy weekend, it’s best where possible to buy the right fridge for the job.
Size - think what you’re business requires how much product needs storing refrigerating, what room there is in your kitchen probably space is at a premium! So consider the difference between internal dimension and external dimension. Importantly once you’ve decided on the space you have make sure the unit will fit through the doors leading to your kitchen.
Location - the fridge will need a free space on one side (usually where the compressor is located) this enables the free movement of air the fridge will draw in ambient air to cool so ensure that there is no build-up of heat around the fridge with good ventilation.
Mobility to ensure great hygiene make sure the unit can be moved as per your cleaning schedule.
Security – do you need a refrigerator that is lockable because of expensive ingredients? Or display fridge in public areas that will need locking to stop customers stealing stock?
We hope that this commercial refrigeration guide has either refreshed your knowledge or provoked some thoughts if you'd like further guidance please don't hesitate to contact are highly trained sales team 01305 786639. We have access to industry leading experts so if we can't answer the question straight away we’d be delighted to find an expert opinion for you.